Agriculture Bytes | Vol.9, Issue 52 January-February 2009 |

Land Degradation

  Siltation of dams, pollution of water courses by agricultural chemicals and damage to property by soil laden runoff reduces the productive capacity of land. In India, about 130 million hectares of land, i.e. 45 per cent of total geographical area, is affected by serious soil erosion through ravine and gully, shifting cultivation, cultivated wastelands, sandy areas, deserts and water logging. Soil erosion by rain and river takes place in hilly areas causing landslide and floods - exacerbated while cutting...

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